The Supreme Court has ordered the commencement of construction work on the Delhi metro’s fourth phase, which is over 100 km long and is estimated to add around 18.6 lakh riders per day, after the Delhi government said it has agreed to give the go-ahead to the project. The phase 4 of Delhi metro will consist of six corridors — Aerocity to Tughlakabad, Inderlok to Indraprastha, Lajpat Nagar to Saket G Block, Mukundpur to Maujpur, Janakpuri West to R K Ashram and Rithala to Bawana and Narela.
Of the 103.94 km to be constructed, 37.01 km will be underground while around 66.92 km will be elevated. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 46,845 crore. Its operational network is 343 km with current average daily ridership of nearly 28 lakhs.
Phase-IV of the metro will add significantly to the public transport infrastructure in the city. This combined with buses and last-mile connectivity (pedestrian and other facilities) would greatly improve the public transport network in the city and provide options for car-free travel. The phase-IV is projected to add “some 18.6 lakh riders per day”.
The same pattern was followed for metro projects in other cities like Bhopal, Indore, Kanpur, Patna and Agra. Issues concerning sharing of land cost and taxes between the Centre and Delhi government would be heard by it on July 19. The bench directed the authorities concerned to start the construction.
The apex court had taken note of the issues between the Centre and Delhi government over certain financial aspects of the metro phase-IV and had said it would pass order in the matter as the “project cannot wait”. There is a stalemate in the discussions between the Union Government and the Delhi government on different financial aspects of the project. The Delhi government has on April 10, 2019 communicated its direction that DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) would not start work of Delhi Metro phase-IV till these issues are resolved.
The issue regarding public transport had cropped up before the court when it was hearing a matter relating to air pollution in Delhi-National Capital Region.